Celebrating Western Civilization, Part 1

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Feature Article by Paul Rosenberg
I couldn't tell you how many times I've heard Western civilization disparaged, in everything from street talk to written screeds to intellectual circles. It would have to be thousands of times at least. In fact, it's something that people (including people who should know better) repeat endlessly, always confident that they'll receive a pat on the back for it.

Criticizing the West passes for enlightenment these days.

Except that it's false. Western civilization (and by that I mean European civilization and its offshoots, from the breakup of the Western Roman Empire to today… the civilization based upon Judeo-Christian ethics and scientific progress) is, by far, the most productive in human history. To criticize it in broad terms is not a sign of enlightenment, but of delusion.

Let Us Begin

Have you ever seen the Scuola Grande di San Rocco in Venice? The scuole (and there were several in Venice) were what we call "confraternities": volunt
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